Freedom Beach Koh Tao is the most popular secluded beach on the island. Tucked away under the mountain hill with shady palm trees and mangrove jungle around, this beach offers some of the clearest, bluest water on the island.
Freedom beach is very quiet with no big buildings around except one wooden restaurant. The fine white sand, crystal clear water and trees scattered along the beach make it the perfect spot to relax, swim and snorkel. You can sunbath or relax in the shadow, order some food at the restaurant or go to the amazing viewpoint at John Suwan mountaintop to have a view over the bay. In this blog post you will read everything you need to know before heading to Freedom Beach Koh Tao!
How to get to Freedom Beach Koh Tao
Freedom beach Koh Tao is located on the southern tip of the island. The road towards the carpark is well maintained and also gives access to Taa Toh Beach and John Suwan viewpoint. The entrance fee for Freedom beach is 100 Baht per person. From the car park it is only a 2 minute walk to this beautiful and quiet beach.
What to expect on Freedom Beach Koh Tao
Freedom Beach is a scenic place with crystal clear water. The sand is super white and soft and because of the secluded location it gives the feeling of a private beach. Because there are many trees scattered along the beach, there is enough shade. And if you want to have lunch or a little snack, there is a restaurant where you can order food. There is a shallow coral reef right in front of Freedom Beach Koh Tao. From here you can see Buddha Rock (Hin Taa Toh) standing out on the cape. If you swim around the cape, schools of fish can often be found due to the constant water movement there. This makes Freedom Beach one of the best Koh Tao snorkeling spots.
Things to do on Freedom Beach Koh Tao
Apart from relaxing and sunbathing, there are some activities to do on and around Freedom Beach! If you want to explore the underwater world, Freedom Beach is one of the best spots for snorkelling on Koh Tao island!
One thing you have to do when you’re at Freedom Beach is checking out the amazing mountaintop John Suwan viewpoint. This is one of the best viewpoints on Koh Tao and can be reached from the same car park. After a 15 minute hike you will reach the viewpoint which provides an amazing view over the bay. You can also visit the nearby beach called Taa Koh Yai by using the concrete walkway along the coast. With low tide you can even walk all the way to Chalok Baan Kao Bay!
Koh Tao weather
The climate on Koh Tao is hot and humid for most of the year. The rainiest months are October, November and December, so avoid these months. The best moment to come to the Koh Tao is from January to April but the island is also enjoyable during the months of March until August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have the best weather of all Thai islands.
Where to stay on Koh Tao
The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers amazing one-bedroom villas in Koh Tao with an incredible view on the ocean located on the west coast of the island. We stayed at The Place for 2 nights and had the best time! You have complete privacy with your own dining area at the spacious terrace. A fully-equipped kitchen with a wide-range of cooking equipment. The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool with an amazing view on the mountain and sea wit sunset view. The bathroom is beautiful with details of plants and the living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Breakfast is not included but you can order at local restaurants and get it delivered to your door! This villa has so much privacy, we havent experienced before!
Prices start around €245 per night.
Simple Life Cliff View Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Cliff View Resort is located at the southern tip of Koh Tao’s Sairee Beach and offers luxury studios, 1 and 2 bedroom suites. The rooms with view on the swimming pool start around €65 per night wile the more luxury rooms with breathtaking view of Sairee Beach and the ocean start around €198 per night. This 3 star resort offers a private beach area, free Wifi and room service The cascading swimming pool runs through the centre of the resort and their restaurant serves fantastic Thai and international cuisine. A continental breakfast is daily available at the resort.
Prices start around €65 for the pool view rooms up to €198 per night for the sea view rooms.
The Ozo Koh Tao
Here you will enjoy a peaceful hillside location located in the south of the island. The cozy, comfortably furnished rooms offer a living space of 32 – 40 square meters and are equipped with all the necessities for a relaxing stay. The amenities available in the rooms include air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, safe, hot shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi Internet and a private balcony or terrace from where you can enjoy views of the pool and mountains. Some of the rooms also have a kitchenette with a microwave. The outdoor pool with sun loungers makes it perfect for a lazy afternoon. We stayed for a few days at the Ozo and it was a great budget deal!
Prices start around €33 per night.
Of course there are also even cheaper accommodations on Koh Tao, like hostels and guesthouses where you can stay for around €10 per night. Have a look at booking.com to find your perfect spot!
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